Boulder – Happiest City In America

Even happier now, with all the disgruntled climate scientists moving to France.

The happiest cities in America, according to new research – CNN

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29 Responses to Boulder – Happiest City In America

  1. Latitude says:

    Somehow I just don’t trust CNN to tell me where I would be happy… ;)

  2. Pathway says:

    Their all on dope and ship their homeless to Denver, so want’s not to like.

  3. gator69 says:

    Happy cities? LOL

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  4. GeologyJim says:

    The National Geographic story was obvious horsesh*t from the beginning. I read the Boulder Daily Camera every day and it is filled with stories and letters-to-editor that demonstrate the angst and pathos of miserable liberals. They whine and moan about everything, whether affordable housing or new apartment complexes or bike lanes or prairie dogs or organic farming or global warming or “renewable energy vs reliable hydrocarbon sources” or The Homeless or the loss of Boulder’s small-town “feel”. These people are perpetually aggravated about nearly everything.

    The only thing they seem to be united on is the desire to tax themselves and anyone else who happens to venture into the sphere of “The Peoples’Republic of Boulder” to support sustainability/preservation/inclusiveness/multicultural/low-carbon footprint feel-good programs that amount to nothing more than virtue-signalling.

    Boulder is a community of wealth in search of problems to pay forward. Also a community of highly educated idiots – who love to drive Subarus, Teslas, Priuses, Leafs, Bolts, and bicycles [weather permitting] while endorsing buses for their cleaning ladies and gardeners

    Stay away unless you bring big bucks to the dance.

  5. Rah says:

    Not as happy as this truck driver. I have 3,278 miles behind me this week and only 322 to go before I reach home. In exactly 19 minutes I’ll depart this TA truck stop West of Saint Louis, MO and head home.

    Coldest temp recorded on this trip was 10 F at the 48 mm on I-40 in western NM early Wed morning. Warmest was 73 F on I-17 in Phoenix, AZ Tuesday early afternoon. The tumble weeds were tumbling across US 54 in TX and OK yesterday when I hit steady cross winds in that open country. Passed through Liberal, KS, the land of Dorthy & Toto, Billy the Kid area, White Sands missle range and varoius other points of interest on this trip.

    • Kris Johanson says:

      3,300 miles in a week is a lot. I’m not even sure how that’s legal:) I’ve driven through White Sands, very interesting landscape for sure

      • RAH says:

        One can do over 4,200 mi in a 70 hour duty cycle IF things go perfectly and they have a fast enough truck. I have done it once. Did a Anderson, IN – Canton, MS round trip and then turned around and did a Anderson, IN – Laredo, TX round trip in the same week.

        Round trip Canton —- 1,404 mi.
        Round trip Laredo—– 2,664 mi

        Other prominent POI I passed by or through this week:
        Meteor Crater, AZ
        Painted Desert, AZ
        Petrified Forest, AZ
        Dodge City, KS
        El Dorado, KS (They’re still pumping oil there)
        Santa Clara, NM (Once the post for the Buffalo Soldiers)
        Tucumcari, NM (Once called “six shooter city”)

      • Robertv says:

        It’s not about miles it’s about the hours you can drive. With good roads and no traffic jam you can easily do 700 km a day at least here in Europe.

        • RAH says:

          11 hour rule
          14 hour rule
          70 hour rule.

          Hours of service regulations I work under:
          11-Hour Driving Limit
          May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.

          14-Hour Limit
          May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.

          Rest Breaks
          May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes.

          70-Hour Limit
          May not drive after 70 hours on duty in 8 consecutive days.
          60/70-Hour Limit
          A driver may restart a 8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

          (Note: A driver can regulate his on duty time so that he “rolls over” on his 70 hours and does not have to take a 34 hour break.) This can be done because at 24:00 on the 8th day the driver gets back the duty hours logged on the first day.

          One of the advantages of team driving when it comes to making pay miles is that even when the two drivers are going all out and driving 11 hour shifts every time the truck will only sit for 23 to 24 hours while they get their 34 hour break in. The first driver starts his break while the co-driver is driving/on-duty. For six months I did that, staying out for 4-6 weeks at a time running as hard as we could. Great money. No life. No real rest.

          Other rules. During a 10 hour break a driver must log a minimum of 8 hours in the sleeper berth unless he/he can show they were sleeping somewhere other than in the truck.

          The driver must log pre-trip inspections, fueling, and DOT inspections as on-duty time. A pre-trip inspection must be logged at the beginning of each 14 hour duty cycle or when hooking to a trailer. Usually minimum time logged for such activities will be 15 minutes per 14 hour duty cycle. If you have made a delivery then you must show duty time for “load/unload” even if all you did was back into a door and the paperwork.

          So the reality is that during a typical 14 hour work cycle driving as far as I can get in 11 hours I will log a minimum 11.25 hours with 15 minutes for the pre-trip and 11 hours driving.

          BTW there are other hours of service rules but that is more than enough for someone to get the idea. And people think truck drivers are dumb?

        • arn says:

          Speed limits in the US are a lot lower than here in Europe –
          therefore i think 3600 miles is a monster drive for a weeks.

          (i’d really like to know how much(%) of an windmills week production of electricity is needed to make Rahs truck drive 3600 miles in a week if he would drive with electricity-
          just to see how ineffective they are.
          Imagine you built a 6 million dollar windturbine
          and than you realize that it can only power 3 trucks at the same time in average-and just for 20 years until the fundament has to be replaced.
          This would be so pervertly stupid and an enourmous waste of money.

          • RAH says:

            Passed a whole lot of wind farms in Kansas. At night on the plains you can see those red lights blinking when they’re miles away when it’s clear.

          • RAH says:

            All times EST (My terminal time)
            Departed the terminal in Anderson, IN at 06:20 Sunday.
            Took my first 10 hour break near El Dorado, KS.
            Fueled at Tucumcari, NM
            Took my second 10 hour break at Tularosa, NM
            Dropped and hooked at Abbot Lab facility in Casa Grande, AZ at 09:00 Tuesday.
            Got loaded at Peters plastic and departed shipper on the west side of Phoenix, AZ at 15:30 Tuesday.
            Took my third 10 hour break at Flagstaff, AZ
            Fueled again at Tucumcari, NM
            Took my fourth 10 hour break at Hooker, OK
            Took my fifth 10 hour break at Wentzville, MO
            Arrived back at the Anderson, IN terminal at 03:23 Friday morning. Dropped the trailer, did a very complete inspection of the truck and parked it.

            The worst of it all was the morning rush hour on I-10 in Phoenix, AZ and the morning rush hour getting around Kansas City on I-435.

        • RAH says:

          BTW Robertv
          65 mph average for 11 hours = 715 miles (1,150 kilometers). Done that many a time but we here in the states have a lot of wide open spaces and plenty of 70 mph speed limits on the Interstates. Many places I drove this week had a 75 mph speed limit though it did me little good unless I was going down hill since the truck I drive is governed to 68 mph and actually does about two 10ths under that on level ground.

          • Robertv says:

            Speed Limit for a coach here in europe is 100 km/h and 2 times a week you can do a max of a 10 hours drive . A truck is 90 km/h. I haven’t been driving for some years now and can’t remember all the regulations. The coach we were using in summer did 10.000 km a week bringing peope from the netherlands to spain for holiday.

          • Robertv says:

            In the US there are places you can drive a truck at 75 mph /120 km/h ?

          • RAH says:

            There are places where you can legally drive a truck 80 mph in west Texas on I-10 for example. Montana had a speed limit in some places that was merely “reasonable & prudent” for years, but now the max is 75 mph.

          • RAH says:

            One other detail. I was stopped at a check station in New Mexico. Truck did not have the special permit for New Mexico. Tried to call back to get a comcheck to pay for the permit but this place was out in the middle of nowhere and I couldn’t hold a signal. So I paid the $82.95 single entry and exit permit with my own money and put it in as an expense. Someone at the company wasn’t doing their job since my truck is supposed to have the permit. The situation has been corrected and I now have the annual permit. There was no way for me to check if the truck had that permit since it’s all electronic now and there is no piece of paper one puts into their permit book indicating the truck has an annual permit.

          • CapitalistRoader says:

            Long stretches of I-70 and I-15 in Utah have 80mph speed limit.

  6. Lance says:

    The happiest cities in America own their government.

    The crappiest cities in America are owned by the government.

    give it a think.

  7. CapitalistRoader says:

    Boulder and Portland, OR are frequently rated high on the happiness scale. Both cities are also very, very white.

    Easy to get along, easy to be happy when everyone looks, talks, and pretty much thinks exactly the same. Just look at some of the Nordic countries.

  8. JCalvertN(UK) says:

    Second comes Santa Cruz. (Once, while on a stopover in SF, I was taken on a sight-seeing drive to Monterey and back via the redwood forests. My hosts apologised(!) because the route passed through Sana Cruz.)

    Third comes Charlotteville, VA. I’ve never been there and I don’t know much about it. But it was in the news the other day . . .

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